Microsoft to Sell Windows 7 Security Support from April 1
Microsoft announced that it will start selling Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) from April 1. The company said: “They will be sold on a per-device basis for eligible customers and the price will increase each year.” The move is part of the software giant’s long term move to migrate all customers to Window 10 and Office 365 “as they provide the most productive, secure, and cost-effective experience for users and IT departments.”
Windows 7’s support ends on January 14, 2020, but ESU will provide security fixes for uncovered or reported vulnerabilities in the operating system beyond that point. For example, the announcement stated that ‘Office 365 ProPlus will be supported on devices with active Windows 7 Extended Security Updates through January 2023. This means that customers who purchase the Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will be able to continue to run Office 365 ProPlus.” The company said it would also release a new version of Windows 10 in the month.
In other news, Microsoft has enabled its Android Excel app to add data directly from a photograph. The app can take a picture of a printed data table on your Android device and automatically convert the picture into a fully editable table in Excel. This new image recognition functionality eliminates the need for you to manually enter hardcopy data. This capability is starting to roll out for the Excel Android app with iOS support coming soon.| Friday 15 March, 2019